News of the Club
With full support from the Board of Directors, the Trek Committee has announced that the 2023 Trek will be held at Union College in Schenectady, New York. A great deal of time and patience was required to ensure the membership a comfortable and recognizable Trek experience. The 2023 Trek Committee has gone above and beyond normal expectations. Collectively, we owe Steve Braverman, Rachel McNaughton, Sarah Schopmeier and Lee Schopmeier a debt of gratitude for their tireless efforts over the past 4 months.
Update Regarding the 2023 Trek
New beginnings; with 2023 well underway, I greet you for the first time as President. The coming months are sure to provide new opportunities for our club, as we turn the page on our chapter at Cazenovia College. Under the steadfast leadership of Bob Cornman, I find the club robust with an increasingly active membership and ever-broadening horizons of growth. Top of mind is the relocation of our Annual Franklin Trek. As with any Trek, the Executive Committee is in close communication with the Trek Co-Chairs to provide guidance and support. Since October 2022, they have been working tirelessly on the vetting of prospective host sites. We look forward to the Trek Committee’s report at the February Board Meeting; updates will be cross-promoted on the Club website and social media platforms.
I came across your Franklin Car Club web site as a result of viewing an article on a 1931 Franklin in Hemmings. This inspired recollection of the 1931 Franklin convertible coupe my late older half-brother Cecil Shanklin owned from 1951 until his passing in 2008 at the age of 90. I believe that he was a member of your Club.
Just a brief history: Cecil was a career Navy man and retired after 20 years in 1958 as a Chef Petty Officer, diesel technician. In 1951 he was stationed in San Diego and at that time he noticed a 1931 Franklin convertible coupe in the back of an auto wrecking yard. The yard owner said that he could have the car for one dollar if he reorganized the whole yard to get the car out - done deal! He worked for several weekends to get the job done. The car was straight with some surface "patina".
After doing some work on the car to get it running and tires, he drove it from San Diego to Panorama City, California in the Los Angeles area, maybe 170 miles. After it sat in the garage a few months he noticed a small pile of wood dust under the car. The Franklin had termites he had to have it tented and gassed by an exterminator.
Over the years Cecil would do restoration work on the car, especially after moving to Loomis, California in 1962 where he had room to build a detached garage and workshop. He rebuilt the engine and running gear and a local body shop did the body restoration and paint. He last worked on the car about 1993. See attached photos.
The car was sold in about 2010 by his son to a Franklin enthusiast in the East, whose name I do not have, likely a member of your Club.
Hope you find this Franklin trivia interesting.
I thought some of the Franklin club members would like to see the family speedster on a little vacation at kellys island on the beautiful Lake Erie island in late summer 2022 . we went over on the kellys island ferry stayed a couple days at the island hotel and drove the franklin around everyday and returned on the ferry. Very enjoyable weekend. Car is pictured at the Old General Store. Gus Alai